A western Michigan man was arraigned Tuesday on charges of making death threats against President Biden, House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the prosecutor’s office confirmed General of the State in a press release.
Joshua Docter, 21, of Holland, Michigan, faces two counts of threatening terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime, according to FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Threatening elected officials is against the law and my office will prosecute those who attempt to intimidate or terrorize our state and federal leaders,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “I appreciate the thorough investigative work of the FBI and Michigan State Police on this matter, and I consider this to be yet another excellent example of showing the dedication that those who work in the enforcement of the law have to protect the public.
“Threatening elected officials is against the law and my office will prosecute those who attempt to intimidate or terrorize our national and federal leaders.”
Each charge carries up to 20 years in prison.
Docter allegedly claimed that he was planning to shoot Democratic officials and that he would be “the catalyst” for a new “American revolution.” Investigators also found bomb-making information on his phone.
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The FBI launched the investigation following several tips about the posts Docter allegedly wrote on the iFunny social media platform, FOX 17 reported.
The doctor’s parents released a statement through a public relations company on Tuesday afternoon.
“As a family, we were shocked to learn of the charges against our son,” Bret and Erin Docter wrote. “We are in the process of evaluating them and working with legal counsel to consider our next steps.”
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Docter is expected to appear for a probable causes conference on April 8, according to Nessel’s office.
The FBI said in October it had broken a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset by the coronavirus restrictions it had imposed on Michigan. Six people were charged in federal court while eight others were charged in state court with aiding them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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